LeeAnn Powers

LeeAnn Powers

Completely Rooted, 135 Ontario St. S., Grand Bend

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LeeAnn Powers
LeeAnn Powers

Completely Rooted is a take-out food service and preparation area located within the same building as The Lake Hound, offering delicious vegan, raw vegan, gluten-free food using local and organic ingredients. Running this health-focused operation is chef and owner LeeAnn Powers.

LeeAnn’s inspiration for moving away from traditional foods to menus of vegan, raw and gluten-free offerings was “realizing how great I could feel, and noticing the difference in my own endurance and recovery when I was training for marathons.”

On a trip to New York City with her daughter in 2011, LeeAnn was inspired by her “first raw vegan dining experience. That was the main inspiration and drive to bring delicious plant-based, gluten-free food to our community. I want other people to experience how good they can feel” simply by changing what they eat. “That’s what I love about being a chef,” she says, “making beautiful and delicious food that makes people feel good.” She also loves working with like-minded and high energy teammates.

LeeAnn’s cooking progression started with Aunt Gussie’s Country Dining, which many area visitors will remember as a popular family-friendly restaurant. On her return from New York City, LeeAnn spent the next few years experimenting with ingredients and gaining feedback on various recipes from the community. “Aside from playing around in my own kitchen,” says LeeAnn, “I would say I took great inspiration from working with raw vegan chefs during training in Ecuador, Martha’s Vineyard and Costa Rica.”

Her must-have healthy, take-out menu items include Raw Vegan Lasagna and Carrot Zucchini Muffins, and she loves to make nutty tacos and smoothie bowls.

In LeeAnn’s kitchen, you will always find cashews, greens, legumes, ginger and turmeric and her favourite kitchen tools are a dehydrator, Vitamix and food processor.

When travelling, LeeAnn looks for vegan restaurants, with plant-based and gluten-free offerings, with raw vegan being her favourite.  As the last meal, she says she would want Raw Vegan Lasagna with a Julius (vegan caesar).

Curry Goji Berry Relish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 dates, pitted & soaked to soften
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1 TBSP orange zest
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • Pinch of salt

Method:

Mix in a Food Processor – will be chunky.